In case you missed the new page I created to list literary agencies, I thought I would send out a post. My “go to” used to be Preditors and Editors, but it has been in “dust” mode for a long time. And with Pitch Wars ceasing, I’m not sure how long their site will be running. While there is Manuscript Wishlist, AALA, AAA(UK), and Query Tracker, and possibly others I’m unaware of, they aren’t a complete list, or they miss agencies on some that are on others. So, I decided to make a list from all of them. It is still a work in progress and will be everchanging as agencies open and close.
When I started this, I found it very time consuming. But, at some point, I will go back and improve the listings by adding the age categories and genres each one represents. To search red flags for agencies, I recommend Absolute Write. But for now, enjoy the agency directory I created.
Per the Chicago Writing Workshop website, this writing event (June 10-11, 2022) is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of one day, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note this is an online event, so anyone can attend from anywhere!
Here are a few of this years faculty that will be in attendance:
Self-published writers are often left out in the cold, struggling to market and promote their books. But every so often, there is an event to help them get noticed. The Published Book Awards via Writer’s Digest is such an event. Here is what is up for grabs:
$10,000 in cash
An interview with writer for the March/April 2023 issue of Writer’s Digest
A paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, including a coveted Pitch Slam slot
Publication of an excerpt from the writer’s winning book on WritersDigest.com
$1,000 in cash
Promotion of writer and their winning book the March/April 2023 issue of Writer’s Digest
BOTH WILL RECEIVE:
Be featured on the Writer’s Digest website
One year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials
20% discount off of purchases made at Writer’s Digest University
A special graphic recognizing their winning status
Honorable Mention Winners will receive promotion on http://www.writersdigest.com and a special graphic for use in promoting their win. All entrants will receive a brief commentary from one of the judges. Be sure to check out the categories, guidelines, and submission details. Deadline is April 1, 2022.
Per the Florida Writing Workshop website, this online writing event (July 8-9, 2022) is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of the conference, pitch a literary agent or editor (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Writers can join from anywhere. However, there are still a limit of 200 seats for attendance, so hurry!
Here are a few of this year’s faculty that will be in attendance:
Per the website, the San Francisco Writing Workshop is a wonderful opportunity to get intense instruction over the course of two days, pitch a literary agent (optional), get your questions answered, and more. Note that this is a virtual workshop, so anyone can attend from anywhere. This workshop is a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in San Francisco, CA on October 8-9, 2021
Defiore and Company is looking for an intern wanting to learn about all aspects of the publishing industry. Working with agents as they liaison between authors and publishers can give interns a wealth of knowledge to progress in the publishing industry.
Candidates should be motivated, well-organized, responsible, and have excellent communication skills. Some experience analyzing and assessing written materials is preferred, but not necessary. Interns should be willing to commit 15-20 hours per week for a minimum of three months.
To apply, email a resume and cover letter to email@example.com to Parik Kostan’s’s attention. Be sure to include ‘resume’ in the subject lin
Insecure Writer’s Support Group is hosting a twitter pitching contest on January 20, 2021 from 8am-8pm EST. This is for completed and polished manuscripts only! Be sure to pitch only once per hour and include the hashtag #IWSGPit. (As with all pitching events, do NOT fave a pitch unless you are a literary agent or publishing editor.)
There has been some chatter about this being a newer pitching event and caution due to no participating agents listed. However, I can assure you that legitimate agents and editors participated in their previous pitch event. Some of them were:
The Masters Review Short Story Aware for New Writersis an annual contest that recognizes the best fiction from today’s emerging writers. This years judge is Helen Oyeyemi. The winning story will be awarded $3000 and publication online. Second and third place stories will be awarded publication and $300 and $200 respectively. All winners and honorable mentions will receive agency review by: Nat Sobel fromSobel Weber, Victoria Cappello fromThe Bent Agency, Andrea Morrison fromWriters House, Sarah Fuentes fromFletcher & Company, Heather Schroder fromCompass Talent, and Siohban McBride fromCarnicelli Literary Management.
They say they don’t have any preferences topically or in terms of style. They’re simply looking for the best. Also, they don’t define, nor are they interested in, stories identified by their genre. However, they consider themselves a publication that focuses on literary fiction and are looking for stories that dazzle, take chances, are bold — and do so by focusing on more than plot.
You can check out the complete guidelines for submissions and previous winners here. Please note the deadline to enter is January 31, 2021.
Author Mentor Match was created by Heather Kaczynski and Alexa Donne. The object is to match new writers with authors further along in the publishing process and gain invaluable mentoring! That’s right, this is an opportunity to get your manuscript critiqued (for free) before submitting to agents!
Authors can select up to four mentors during the submission window which is already opened! Submissions close January 14, 2021. Watch for the mentor BIOS to be posted to learn what age groups and genres they wish to see in their inbox!
Please note there is a two-step process for entering:
Fill out the submission form. (I believe the form will appear during the sub window period.)
Email the proper information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
A query (pasted in the body of the email!)
The first 50 pages/3 chapters of your novel (whichever is longer & can be attached)
Be sure to include in the subject line the manuscripts Age Category +Genre + Title. (ie: YA Sci-Fi – Mars Plants are the Bomb) on the email submission. And check out the site in order to know how to select the mentors you wish to submit because it isn’t clear quite yet. (I’m guessing this might be part of the submission form.) As always, good luck!
Minotaur Books (Macmillan) and Mystery Writers of America are sponsoring the First Crime Novel Competition. This contest is open to writer’s age 18 and older, who has never been published or under contract to be published with a novel. The submitted manuscript must involve murder or another serious crime or crimes at the heart of the story. The winner will be offered a standard form author’s agreement and a $10,000 advance against future royalties. Submissions must be received by 11:59pm EST on January 1, 2021. For complete rules, go here.